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Old 01-05-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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I jus started a 24 jbj cube saltwater tank for over a month now. I was wondering if a skimmer is necessary? If so, I heard that your not suppose to keep it on all the time?!!...
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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skimmers are not absolutely necessary. I ran a 75 gallon reef for over a year without a skimmer. I have heard some debate out there about whether they really do as much as we think for our reefs anyway. I run one and yes it runs constantly and is emptied once a week.
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For a tank that small, no you don't need a skimmer. PWCs should get rid of your nitrates just fine.

I keep mine on 24/7. There's no way i'd go without it. It picks up some much nasty gunk. I wouldn't want that stuff in my tank.
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So then jus don't get a skimmer at all?
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:39 AM   #5
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No, no skimmer on that tank.

Use the centre chamber on the back as a mini refugium and grow a macro algae under this....

http://www.theaquariumsolution.com/n...o-refugium-led

I use the light on my mce600's media chamber to the same ends and it works great.



My LFS has the same tank as yours set up as a display tank and it uses the method I'm suggesting to you, coupled with a bag of purigen and a sponge that comes with the tank and you will be all sparkly clean.
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Thanks!!! I'll look into that...
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